This Week's Rambling Thoughts

This week’s Rambling Thought’s

By Tom Tillison


Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! 

There is at least one family dog that’s very happy to see it pass.  As fun and exhilarating as fireworks may be for homo sapiens, many of our four-legged friends just don’t quite understand what all the fuss, and loud noises, is all about.

I did find a quiet moment yesterday to read the Declaration of Independence, absorbing it in the context of current times.  A particular line captured my thoughts for a moment;

“…and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

This phrase accurately depicts just how difficult this act of declaration was for our forefathers, it was going against nature itself.  It also signifies that the decision to ‘abolish the forms to which they are accustomed’ was a decision driven by desperation.  Applying that thought to today, I can’t help but wonder if we have yet reached that point of desperation.  The point to declare our independence from what we have become accustomed to, in this case, the nefarious state of politics in America today. 

This nation is truly becoming a society where the ends do indeed justify the means.  Borrowing from one of my favorite performers, Bono, I fear that many on the right have become a monster in order to defeat a monster…

Of course, such thinking will be immediately dismissed…’you just don’t understand how things work in politics today’.  What I do understand is that there is right and wrong, and in the eyes of God, it is wrong.  I also believe that the citizens of this country are crying out for leadership to stand strong for what is moral and just, to lead them from the dark, dreary forest we now find ourselves lost in.

Speaking of leadership, or the lack thereof, were there any Alan Grayson sightings in the area yesterday?  Knowing that a distant cousin, Flat, as well as certain individuals of the tea party persuasion are always interested in his whereabouts, he has gone to ground with his schedule.

As for hotdogs, I do have some bad news to report.  The six-time champion of Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Takeru Kobayashi, was arrested at Coney Island yesterday.  He didn’t compete for the hot dog eating title this year because of a contract dispute with Major League Eating (who knew?), but he did cause a scene at the event after his rival, Joey Chestnut, won the annual contest.

Now that the 4th of July holiday is behind us, it’s onward to the August 24 primaries, which are just 50 days away.  It’s beginning to look like a little clarity may be coming into play in D24, while D8 remains anyone’s guess.  

Whereas, it’s reassuring to see so many good people willing to sacrifice to get involved and make a difference, and all seem to be doing so for the right reasons, the fact that there are still seven Republican candidates in the district 8 race leaves the outcome completely unpredictable.  It does appear, much to the average citizen’s angst, that money could be a deciding factor.

What is also unpredictable is the effect the tea party movement will have in the upcoming elections.  One mistake many are making is to focus on some of the predominant personalities within the movement and then assigning those individual traits to the movement as a whole.  What these people still struggle to grasp is that this incredible awakening is nothing more than a representation of the citizens of this country.  For every one person actively involved in the movement, there are hundreds more at home in agreement. 

These same individuals assess the movement through the eyes of the political structure, trying to define it by the number of followers a particular leader or group may have or the potential funding it can generate, which gives them cause to dismiss the effectiveness of this phenomenon.  To fully understand what it is, you must first understand that it’s nothing more than a feeling.  A feeling that is predominate throughout this land. 

A stark reminder to those who may dismiss it; November is coming, and the American people will have their say.  It is my hope that we see a true revolution, not one decided by muskets, but one decided by a far more deadly weapon – our vote!


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